There are reportedly two areas where this river reach approaches class II. While the next reach downstream does not contain reported whitewater, it has been designated as a "National Wild and Scenic River."
Permits are required May 15 through September 10.
One of the best rivers in the state. Now that the dam is gone the river has settled into a new groove. A good beginner to novice river unless there has been a good rain then it picks up the pace, watch out for the sweepers. For a good trip put in out from Tustin off of 122nd and Diamond road at dead end, there is state owned access sign unless the neighbor tore it down. Take out Low bridge, National Forest access.Two day trip well worth it. Plenty to see along the way and great fishing.No play boating available, not that kind of river.
At high water, this section has some decent standing waves. It is however, not very technical. It is manicured far too close to the banks in order to accommodate inexperienced canoers. For more technical and slightly faster flows, try the Little Manistee below 9 Mile Bridge or the Sturgeon in the Lower Penninsula.
If you are looking for white water this isn't the river for you. What's nice about the Pine is that you can run it any time of the year and enjoy a day of some technical paddling, ripples and lots of great scenery.
7 years ago
by Thompson Brendan
Gauge is approximately 9 miles downstream of this reach, but should serve as a fair indicator.
Statistical analysis of the USGS gauge data (just using the past 30 years') reveal:
10% flow = 390 cfs
90% flow = 216 cfs
10/90 Ratio = 1.8
Minimum flow (mean daily flow) = 170 cfs
Maximum flow (mean daily flow) = 1730 cfs
Which indicates that the river has fairly steady flows (it is not very 'flashy'), and may be paddleable through most of the year. As with many rivers, higher flows may be more enjoyable.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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